Online Poker: Phil Ivey Won $900,000 This Past Week
High-Stakes Gambler On The Upswing After Losing Since May
It’s very hard to keep Phil Ivey down for long.
The nosebleed gambler had been getting mostly crushed on Full Tilt Poker recently, but over the past week put together around $900,000 in profits, according to HighstakesDB.
The 37-year-old Ivey is still down a seven-figure sum this year.
Before changing his screen name to “Polarizing” in his return to playing on the site he once represented, Ivey amassed more than $19 million in winnings over a five-year period. His profits were the most in online poker history and helped him solidify himself as the best all-around player in the world, live or online. Very few could figure him out.
The nine-time World Series of Poker champion is hoping for a much larger victory (than the $900,000 he won over the past seven days online) in the courtroom, however.
Ivey is in the middle of a legal battle with a London casino after it refused to pay him his $12.1 million in winnings last year. Ivey was betting huge amounts at a form of baccarat, and he just admitted this month that he was able to read the cards thanks to a manufacturing flaw in the deck. Ivey never touched the cards and maintains it was the casino’s fault for letting him find and exploit the situation. In other words, he says it clearly wasn’t cheating.
Back to the online poker world: Viktor “Isildur1” Blom rebounded this week, bringing his winnings on the year up to around $485,000. He was once up more than $5 million this year, but has been mired in his usual vicious swings. His low point was around $300,000.
Despite the winnings, he did manage to play — and lose — the biggest pot over the past week. In a $400/$800 no-limit hold’em contest against Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar, Blom came out on the wrong end of a $277,000 hand. Here’s how the action went down:
Blom ($228,000) had the button and raised to $2,400. Millar ($138,000) called, and the flop fell 7 6 2. Millar checked to the Swede.
Blom fired $4,000, Millar check-raised to $12,400, and Blom made it $28,800.
Millar called, and the turn brought the J.
Millar checked to the aggressor, and Blom bet $26,400. Millar just called this time.
The river brought the 8, and Millar checked for a third time.
Blom put him all in for around $81,000, and Millar called.
Isildur1 exposed the 10 6, but was no good against Millar’s 2 2.
Blom’s line of turning fourth pair into a bluff didn’t work, as Millar set a solid trap.
Here’s a look at the updated scoreboard for 2013:
Winners In 2013
cottonseed1: $3.54 million
Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene: $3.13 million
Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker: $3.00 million
Rhje: $2.48 million
Patrik “FiddaGrind” Antonius: $2.29 million
Losers In 2013
Gus Hansen: -$4.21 million
MalACEsia: -$3.77 million
samrostan: -$3.17 million
Phil “Polarizing” Ivey: -$2.22 million
patpatpanda: $1.33 million
All figures via HighstakesDB.
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